You'd be amazed at what kids can do. Give them the tablet and they just take off like a rocket learning. With a few guided lessons and with just the right apps your child will certainly enjoy using and growing with the Leapfrog LeapPad Tablet. we've had ours since my son was 3 1/2 but my God daughter turned 3 this September and she sits down with it and taps away and watches videos, takes photos and tries playing games. great part is they don't grow out of it for a while when they are that long and its so durable that even if a child has the dropsy's its still safe to use. My son has thrown ours several times and it just amazes me that it still works I can't say the same for his other gaming counsel.
HI Daniel. I do not believe you would have to purchase the app twice. I actually had my LeapPad wiped clean due to an update and the downloads where right there in my download center where it shows just which apps I had previously purchased. I just clicked the + sign and downloaded the apps again. I called Leapfrog and they walked me through it. Just to be certain I'd call if I were you. The customer service reps are very helpful.
That's really up to you. The advantage for us was that there are reading programs (the ultra books) that only work on the LeapPad. That and my boys have lost the Explorer stylus and the screen is dinged up and we just chose to upgrade. You could probably hang in until your Explorer gives out and upgrade then.
I've been searching for this same information. I went to the LeapFrog website and found out you have to purchase an MP3 App to be able to download your own personal MP3s. :)
The LeapPad1 and LeapPad2 work with the entire Leapster Explorer library of game cartridges and digital apps, with the exception of the Photo Mania app. Game cartridges labeled Leapster Explorer, LeapFrog Explorer, Explorer or LeapPad Explorer will work with the LeapPad.
Some digital apps are only designed for LeapPad1 and LeapPad2 and cannot be used with Leapster Explorer - these apps are designed to take advantage of the LeapPad's larger screen, motion sensor and microphone and so are not able to be played on Leapster Explorer.